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Stander (2004)

Thomas Jane , David O'Hara , Bronwen Hughes  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Thomas Jane, David O'Hara, Dexter Fletcher, Deborah Kara Unger, Ashley Taylor
  • Directors: Bronwen Hughes
  • Writers: Bima Stagg
  • Producers: Chris Roland, David E. Allen, Eric Sandys, Frank Hübner, Hillard Elkins
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Afrikaans, English, Zulu
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000683VHK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,567 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stander" on IMDb

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Deeply affected by the indiscriminate killing he witnesses as white police officer in South Africa,Andres Stander (played by Tom Jane) makes a decision to defy the very system has has spent a lifetime enforcing. Turning his back on the law, he masterminds a series of audacious bank robberies and befriending outlaws Allan Heyl and Lee McCall goes on a cross-country robbing spree. Known only as the "Stander Gang," the three commit dozens of bank robberies - heists that grow increasingly bolderover time. In the eyes of the public, the gang's disrespect for authority makes them near-lengendary folk heroes. To the South African government, however, the former police officer is a cause of embarressment, and the Stander gang quickly becomes the most wanted men in the country.

Stander is the compelling, true story of Andre Stander (superbly played by Tom--formerly Thomas--Jane), an Apartheid-era, South African police captain whose disgust over official repression of the nation's black majority--and his own, lethal participation in those policies--leads to his career as a bank robber. Captured, imprisoned, and on the run after a successful escape, Stander joins two partners (Dexter Fletcher, David Patrick O'Hara) in a long string of bank heists across the country, uncertain of his destiny but yearning for his estranged wife (Deborah Unger). Co-screenwriter and director Bronwen Hughes (Forces of Nature) can't quite overcome the built-in redundancy of the film's latter half (lots of robberies, lots of disguises). But despite all the gunplay, Stander is most interesting for its understated fascination with the enigma of its anti-hero, who wreaks havoc yet is peculiarly committed to atoning--at great pain--for those actions he considers most unethical. --Tom Keogh

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It IS a true story! December 3, 2004
I watched this recently on DVD in South Africa - it is frighteningly realistic - the accents, cars etc etc. This is the TRUE story of the Andre Stander legacy - I remember him and his gang being in the news all the time - each time getting more and more adventurous. Get it - watch it - great movie as well as being factually correct - 90% of the time.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "If you're a white guy, you can get away with anything" December 24, 2004
So speaks Andre Stander the day after a massive riot in Johannesburg South Africa in which Stander as a police captain finds himself killing a Zulu man in a morally shattering encounter. This utter disillusionment with the police force and their responses to the Apartheid situation makes Stander withdraw emotionally and physically from the Riot Squad and eventually his challenge that the blacks are unduly mistreated leads him to break the white laws by initiating a string of bank robberies - not for money but for a bizarre sort of revenge.

Stander (Tom Jane) is good at what he does, both as a cop and as a criminal, but his clever bank heists eventually result in his being jailed where he finds two partners (David O'Hara and Dexter Fletcher) to join him in escape and in one of the longest bank robbery sprees in the history of South Africa. Stander remains conflicted: he loves his new wife Bekkie (Deborah Kara Unger), he knows what he is doing is wrong, but the money is often shared with the blacks of Johannesburg, and he is driven to leave South Africa to eventually locate in Lauderdale, Florida. The eventual results of this man's career bring this film to a close in an action packed yet very soulful way.

The film, as written by Bima Stagg and directed by Bronwen Hughes, captures the atmosphere of the era in South Africa, and gives us a realistic look at the plight of the Africans in the Apartheid, offering insights to both sides of the conflict like few others have in film. He coaxes fine performances from his large cast of actors and extras, making this film less an action thriller than a character study of the enigmatic Andre Stander.

The true star of this film, a film that deserves far more attention than it has been given, is Tom Jane.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing: Truth Stranger Than Fiction May 20, 2005
Stander was one of the least watched and most amazing films of the year. Tom Jane gives a startling, heart ripping, pulse pounding portrayal of outlaw Andre Stander. Stander was the notorious Johannesburg police officer shocked and revolted by what he witnessed as an officer in apartheid driven South Africa. To prove what's wrong Stander embarks on a career of crime - bank robberies to be specific, and he finds he's good at it. Very good indeed.

Though we know what he's doing is inherently wrong, one cannot not route for Stander as he and his gang become more and more daring and flamboyant with their bank heists.

The supporting cast is up to the challenge and Deborah Kara Unger gives a standout performance as Stander's much put-upon wife whom he never stops loving.

Rare is the film that combines such strong social and political commentary with rip-roaring action adventure. This is a truly remarkable effort from director Bronwyn Hughes who'd previously given us fluff like "Harriet the Spy" and the Ben Affleck challenged "Forces of Nature." If she makes more films like "Stander" - she could be collecting gold statuettes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Piece of Cinematic Acheivement December 17, 2004
By Jason X
Well I live in Montreal, and I had to wait 4 months for this film to get to my one and local theatre. This movie is the true story based on the legend of Andre Stander (Thomas Jane) and his memembers of the Stander bank robbing gang. Andre is a normal man like you and I living the life as a cop. But times are getting harder and harder for Andre with all the warefforts he must complete in Africa. He then realizes why arrest the bad guys while you can be one, and goes on a rampage of bank roberys with great skill. This film was made for a certain audience and they will enjoy it. The acting by Thomas Jane is briliant and I personaly think he should be nominated for something in this film. Well now all I jsut wanna know is were can I find that crazy theme song they have for the movie...its like the theme from the first Driver video game its great anyways ur going to love this movie. BUY IT!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great robbery movie January 8, 2005
there is just something about a cop who does bad things that just seems so true. at least this dude ain't trying to hide the fact that he is scandelous. this movie surprised me. at first i thought it was just gonna be another cheesy action flick, but once the storyline started to pick up, you really feel as if it was happening. from the time where tom jane shot that man who was running at him and all the way through, it was just a great set of action sequences placed together. it is definately worth a look for anyone who likes to see the robber's side of the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Janes Best November 4, 2006
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I had never heard of this movie but saw a program on Court TV about the real story of Andre Stander. I then found out that Thomas Jane had made a movie about it and thought I would check it out. This was a very good movie. I enjoyed it very much. Thomas Jane was excellent as was the rest of the cast. It is a very interesting story that is made even more interesting because it is true. It has political insight into the South African culture and also has a lot of action.

Check this movie out!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film
What a story and anaction-adventure. Stander is excellent. One of the most interesting stories based on a real life I have seen in a long time. Tom Jane's performance is excellent. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Directionline
5.0 out of 5 stars Stander!
Thomas Jane is.....


5-Stars. This movie is bonkers! LOOK AT THE COVER! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Arthur Dayne
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid: That's Good, but not Great
3 1/2 stars. A solid, underrated little movie - a strange combo of biopic, character study, and old-school heist flick set in apartheid era South Africa. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Condor Libros
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Good But Not Great
Tom Jane plays Andre Stander, a police captain in South Africa during Apartheid. He's becoming more and more disheartened by the way blacks are treated, and he's put over the edge... Read more
Published on September 22, 2011 by Eric Sanberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Jane does it again!
The fact that this DVD film, featuring Thomas Jane, is based on true events, makes it even better. A disillusioned ex-policeman in Africa, Jane turns from a 'rising star' on the... Read more
Published on May 14, 2011 by George Novak
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Good movie from South Africa about a cop that starts to rob banks in protest of the South African pro-apartheid government.
Published on August 23, 2010 by Corey
5.0 out of 5 stars Stander
Stander was amazing in my opinion. I actually never heard of Thomas Jane until i watched '61' he played a good mickey mantle and then i caught 'the punisher' remake with him, also... Read more
Published on November 4, 2009 by Francis James
4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Jane does a superb job in this thrilling and crackling true story
Stander was a very good film about the real-life exploits of Andre Stander, Lee McCall and Allan Heyl who were known collectively as The Stander Gang. Read more
Published on August 6, 2006 by A. Sandoc
STANDER is another political message flick (yes, another!), the message being how oppressive and brutal was the Apartheid era. No, that is not the entire story. Read more
Published on March 25, 2006 by Michael W. Kennedy
2.0 out of 5 stars Am I "Politically Correct" Yet?
After reading some glowing reviews of this movie, I made a point of seeing it. Was I disappointed!

Pompous, preachy, self-important, and--worst of all--really dull. Read more
Published on November 27, 2005 by Roy A. Fenimore
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